Cytology of serous effusions. An investigation into the usefulness of cell blocks versus smears.

@article{Dekker1978CytologyOS,
  title={Cytology of serous effusions. An investigation into the usefulness of cell blocks versus smears.},
  author={Andrew Dekker and P A Bupp},
  journal={American journal of clinical pathology},
  year={1978},
  volume={70 6},
  pages={855-60}
}
Approximately half of 351 body-cavity effusions from 263 patients were examined prospectively in paraffin-embedded cell blocks and in smears, while the other half were examined in smears alone. The number of suspect and positive fluids obtained with the combined cell block-and-smear technic was double that of specimens examined in smears only. No false-positive case was found. Tumors were subsequently demonstrated in 38% of the patients who had negative or atypical cytologic reports. Smears… CONTINUE READING